Part of the reason why discovering a new restaurant or a unique dish is so satisfying is because food is a universal language. It expands beyond the boundaries of culture, generation and political affiliation. When you break bread with someone, you also simultaneously break down whatever preconceptions you might have had about each other. You’re both human, you both eat to survive. These are the basic facts.
In the month of March, I decided to be more conscious of the food I put in my body, in hopes of changing my habit of eating processized and otherwise unhealthy foods. I used Facebook as an outlet to hold myself accountable to eating better by publicly announcing my Compassionate Food: Photo Blog for 30 days.
Society has transformed the simple ‘eat to live’ into a concoction of problems, solutions, disorders, cultural norms and prejudices. There is so much emphasis on food and eating in contemporary society that it has bred a new type of human; a self-loathing one.
I want to be a vegan. Please don’t stop reading – I’m just like you, I swear! I eat meat. I eat dairy. I’ve always eaten meat and dairy. I just ate a shrimp and feta salad about four minutes ago. But I want to stop. And if you knew what I knew, you’d probably reconsider what’s on your plate, too.
Whatever your personal art is, whether it be food, music, beer, painting, dance, or even math, if you’re passionate enough about it, you’ll never be alone. We’re all artists if we care enough about something.